Music

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Is Music the Key to Success?

In this article, I want to explore the idea: can music make you smarter and more successful? As a stressed out college student, I have come to the recent realization that listening to classical music while I study helps improve my overall academic performance. It helps me focus more on what I am doing. The reason is because classical music does not include lyrics that can be distracting. Meditation music can also help you focus and relieve stress while it’s at it.

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Cardi B and JT’s Twitter Feud: Why is Nicki Minaj Involved?

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have rekindled their feud on twitter. The two have had a tumultuous past filled with online arguments, inflammatory public words, and even a small brawl. Anyone remember Cardi B’s iconic shoe moment, circa 2018, when she launched a heel at Nicki’s head?
That however was a different time, when the media and the public couldn’t believe hip hop had space for two incredibly talented female rappers. Times have changed. Their mutual feelings of dislike, however, seem to have remained.

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Gwen Stefani 53rd Birthday

Gwen Stefani is celebrating another birthday with her husband, Blake Shelton.
On Stefani’s 53rd birthday on Monday, the country singer paid tribute to his pop star wife via social media.”Happy birthday to my beautiful wife @gwenstefani!!! I love you so freakin much!!!!” he wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of the couple holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes.

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Why TikTok’s Chart Influence Hurts Artists

To preface, I’m usually not one to defend the money-driven institutions that lie at the crux of popular art, whether it be fashion or music. But a worrying trend concerning a certain dancing and lip syncing app (I’m talking TikTok, of course) has made me question whether its unprecedented influence on the music industry is a particularly good thing. Sure, a few obscure artists have been propelled to stardom due to some viral audios, and decades-old hits have made their way back into the cultural consciousness due to the app–-but at what cost, exactly? As TikTok music dominates your feeds and shapes the weekly Billboard charts, it looks as if artists in the industry are paying the highest price.

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Christina Aguilera Honored at Billboard Latin Awards

Christina Aguilera doesn’t just have an iconic voice, she also gives back to her community. During the live telecast of the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards on September 29, the former coach of “The Voice” was honored with the Spirit of Hope Award from Watsco Center in Miami, Florida.

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Lizzo Plays James Madison’s Crystal Flute at D.C. Concert

During a break from her setlist of “The Special Tour”, the singer, rapper, and classically trained flutist took a moment onstage to reveal a literal gem loaned to her from the Library of Congress: James Madison’s centuries-old crystal flute. The fourth president of the United States had received the handmade instrument as a gift from France in 1813 in honor of his second inauguration. However, the heirloom had never once been played or heard by anyone’s ears, sitting in silent collection among 1,800 other flutes for over 200 years–until now.

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Sam Smith and Kim Petras Set to Debut New Song “Unholy” on UK Chart

David Guetta and Bebe Rexha have kept a constant top on the U.K. singles chart with their hit new song “I’m Good (Blue)”, but this single is facing a challenge from Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ “Unholy,” which has powered to no.2 on the midweek chart. The OCC reports that following the 48 hours in the chart week, just a “handful of units” separated the two singles, with “I’m Good (Blue)” still on top of the leaderboard. “Unholy” has taken over Tiktok as well.

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Why are all the Women in the Music Industry Beautiful?

“You know Ed Sheeran is a good singer because even though he’s ugly he’s still famous.” This direct quote is one of the few specific things I remember being said in middle school. While I am not sure why Ed Sheeran’s talent or appearance was the topic of conversation that day, seven years later the quote has clearly stuck with me. Beyond it being a poignant representation of both a middle schooler’s humor and logic, it remains to be uncharacteristically truthful.

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Taylor Swift Revealed a ‘Midnights’ Track in a Very-Non-Swift Way

Taylor Swift has decided to stop her “habit of dropping cryptic clues and Easter eggs” by announcing the names of the songs on her next album Midnights in a new series of TikTok videos. Swift revealed the series in a video she posted to TikTok on Wednesday shortly after midnight, dubbed Midnights Mayhem with Me. In the video, Swift utilizes a bingo roller machine with little, white Ping-Pong balls that are labeled to correspond with each of the album’s 13 songs.

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Will Lana Del Rey Finally Appear on Taylor Swift’s New Album Midnights

Taylor Swift fans are convinced that Lana Del Rey will be featured on her new album: Midnights, set to be released on October 21st. Fans have been speculating about the possibility of a collaboration between the two icons for years, and this October, Swift may be granting their wish. The two’s similar positions as some of the most influential singer-songwriters in the music industry today means that this collaboration makes complete sense for both their careers and as well as their brands.

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The Essentialness of Women in Rap

The history of rap is a highly interesting one. Through retellings of legendary debuts and the inventions of pioneering techniques weave compelling stories, we often leave out one important element: the involvement of women. Women have been at the forefront of rap since the genre’s very inception, but misogyny has infuriatingly prevented them from receiving the same kind of recognition as their male peers. Female rappers and the women who work in the industry are essential to the game–with them, the genre breaks free from restrictive norms and uplifts the voices of Black women.

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BTS Selected to Perform at the 2022 Qatar World Cup

FIFA has expressed in a recent report their support for BTS as the singer to perform at the World Cup’s opening Ceremony. The K-pop group is also expected to release a new song for the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup as part of the Goal of the Century campaign as Hyundai’s global ambassador.

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